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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Giants Stadium on 1978-09-02 (September 2, 1978)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: September 2, 1978 (check for other copies)
Venue: Giants Stadium
Location: East Rutherford, NJ

Source: Soundboard
Lineage: 1st Set unknown gen reel>CD with some aud patches; 2nd Set SBD:MC>Cas>DAT>CD
Keywords: Live concert


Description

Jack Straw, Friend Of The Devil, Minglewood Blues, Dire Wolf, Looks Like Rain, Stagger Lee, I Need A Miracle, Peggy-O, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication Good Lovin', Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Sugar Magnolia, E: One More Saturday Night

Notes

1st Set unknown gen reel>CD with some aud patches, see info file for details;
2nd Set SBD:MC>Cas>DAT>CD; via Yubah with thanks to Jools

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Average Rating: 4.36 out of 5 stars4.36 out of 5 stars4.36 out of 5 stars4.36 out of 5 stars4.36 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: zzzboxofrainzzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 5, 2013
Subject: ...A Grate Time Was Had By All
Further to my review of a few years back....... I've read reviews on all the sources posted and it seems you either loved this show or think they were just going through the motions... To folks who weren't there and are basing their reviews on quality or recordings or the vibe they think they are getting from the recording, I can assure you that no one was just going through the motions. Not the band, not the fans, and not the music Gods that shined on us from the first notes of the NRPS to the last note of One More Saturday Night. Did they have Egypt on their minds? Probably. Was it scorching hot all day long? Hell yes. Was it their first show at the then 2 year old Giants Stadium- -a stadium notorious for circling winds and crappy acoustics? But, of course. Long story longer and more tedious, there were plenty of reasons they could have come out unfocused and lazy and played a show like the April '84 shows at New Haven Coliseum. But they didn't. For how long and hot a day it was, there is still a lot of tunes with some serious spark. In fact, missing from the 2nd set was the "dirge" aka slow tune.... no Stella Blue or Ship of Fools or Wharf Rat or any other of Jerry's tunes that can send you into an emotional free fall. That 2nd set rocked. And for how many times I heard FOTD, even that was more energetic than usual. And the other slow tunes were classic versions - - Peggy-O and LLR. Folks, not the best show I ever saw. But definitely worth 4 stars. So I stand by my 6/21/2005 review, i.e. Great music. Amazing how many people I bumped into that day from various walks of life. High school folks I hadn't seen in 2 year, college friends I didn't know were trekkin' up to NJ for the show [and who my parents were soooo grateful to have camp at their home after the show]. The last Keith and Donna show I saw.... and the last show I dosed at. Ah yes, it twas a grate day!!!!

Reviewer: chris phillips - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 11, 2013
Subject: Giant Fan
Grateful Dead rocked Giants Stadium once. Miracle, Good Lovin', Scarlet Begonias and Eyes Of The World were unique and pleasurable. I tripped my ass off.

Reviewer: markgant - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 20, 2013
Subject: Amazing first show
No adequate words for this life changing day. From the first 30 seconds or so of Jack Straw I wasa hooked for life. In hindsite other then the opener and Lazy Lightning>Supplication the first set wasn't great but at the time I enjoyed it allot which is all that matters. The second set though was totally intense. And those words dont even begin to relate what was happening down on the field. I was about 20 yards from the stage slight off center stage left. The PA was amazing, incredible power and clarity. NRPS was very cool and Willie was great. A couple of comments though and maybe I read too fast or missed something but... One reviewer mentions a second encore of Shakedown, didn't happen 9/2/78, also a few comments mention Good Lovin' into Eyes of the World, also didn't happen. I went on to see the dead about 60 times, saw some killer shows, but this second set on that hot Saturday is a very special standout. The first time... Incredible.

Reviewer: Thee_Other_One - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 7, 2013
Subject: Great fricken show
What a great show I can't believe it , whole show jammed throughout. Loved the supplication, the good lovin was awesome real funny too I like what bobby was doing there, great scarlet, fire, estimates, eyes, the bass and the drums seemed to be turned up and I loved it all! Scarlet > was also real spacey and > fire was great too the long jams had me dancing around. Awesome drums and space, sugar magnolia and excellent Saturday night encore to close it out. I definitely felt the amazing vibes from this show. I won't forget listening to this one. Oh yeah and the minglewood was phenomenal!! Almost forgot about that one. Peggy o was cool too..

Reviewer: TyFenn - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 23, 2012
Subject: a fantastic show.
Seriously, just great energy. I think that even people who don't like Donna should check this out.

Jack Straw is sick, with the *chord* finish, if you will.
Friend of the Devil was cool.
Supplication is intense and rockin'. Bobby's really into this one.
Scarlet is groovy with Phil upfront, similar to 5/8/77. Jerry is superb.
Fire is all Jerry. So ya' got that goin' for ya'...which is nice. I love the laid-back groove around 5:46, the *wailing* starts at 10:41.
Estimated starts off energetically.
Eyes is jazzy, frenetic towards the end. This WHOLE show is nuts.

Reviewer: AUTiger1959 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 10, 2011
Subject: First Show
I had my first bagel standing by our car beside the Interstate at 2 AM waiting to get in because the Meadowlands had no idea of what was happening. I am from LA( Lower Alabama) But was attending college in New London,Ct.Dropped my first tabs early that morning before they opened the gates.I had a GRATEFUL time and saw many shows after that. The last being all of the OMNI shows in ATL in 1990.

Reviewer: gratefulvince - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 26, 2011
Subject: One of my favorite Eyes ever
Yes its a great Scarlet-Fire but for the best S>F of 1978 see 2/5 aka Dicks Picks 18 - that is the best S>F of '78 for sure. This is a great one also but for me the champ of this show is the Eyes. I am obsessed with this Eyes of the World - Just so fucking good I can't stand it. I listen to it at least once a day. I have this show in SBD if anyone's interested - I am looking for any Dead I don't have so I'm willing to do any kind of trade. My email is Rawkus1167@comcast.net I'm telling you people this Eyes is out of this world!

Reviewer: Sedula - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - February 25, 2011
Subject: My First show too!
I remember this show like it was yesterday. Only one song out of space though! Bobby had some short, shorts on and knee high argle socks with wallabees. He looked like an idiot! Just an average show for the time though.

I love one of the previous posts: "We also don't say things like "peace out" in here. Again - that is the hip hop crowd, not the intelligent and serious music freaks that make up the Dead crowd."

I'm not sure I would agree with the intelligent DeadHead crowd after 200+ shows. Many were just spare changing losers who would ruin a concert when you sat next to them. They either sang along way too loud or "danced" into your space so many times that you wanted to throttle them.

Reviewer: Wharfiee - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 25, 2011
Subject: Who was that old guy??
I remember this show very well and the biggest memory for me and my crew who came up from Philadelphia was "Who the hell was that old guy!!" It was our very exposure to Willie Nelson and he blew us away. NRPS was what they have always been, outstanding. Grateful Dead delivered a nice well played show. There was a sort of vibe in the air with a lot of talk about Egypt and whether or not you could go or not and how would you get there and who could get tickets....blah blah blah..hippie blather. None of could ever get our shit together to do more than talk about it.... we were lucky to make it here from Philly! Bottom line was I really liked this show.

Reviewer: NJ_Leaper - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 3, 2010
Subject: 32 year today!
My first GD concert. I have such a great time. I can't believe its 32 years today. What a long strange trip it's been. ;-D

Reviewer: patrick.ward@104west.com - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - September 17, 2009
Subject: Giants Stadium
This was my first show too and I recall it as a hot, sunny day with an interminable wait for the band through Willie Nelson and NRPS. I remember mistaking Ramrod for Jer and the length of Donna's hair. I remember a Terrapin mirror in the upper decks that looked out of season, if you know what I mean.

I also remember, even though these large venue shows had become a sort of end of summer tradition by then (Watkins Glen, Englishtown, etc.) how the music seems to get lost in the expanse of the stadium. This was the first concert ever played there, as I recall, and it was a madhouse. Crazy traffic outside the stadium and some poor soul even died when he fell from the upper levels.

And this was just before the ill-fated trip to Egypt which was designed in our minds to recreate the Europe '72 run and provide a special setting and the shows, by the band's admission, were mediocre at best.

They came back and played a stellar series of shows at Winterland later that year. But within six months, Keith and Donna were gone. Within less than three years, Jer was deep into his bad habits and the band chemistry, according to Phil, was suffering. Within a few more years, the band is intervening with Jer and he's getting busted in GG Park and ultimately suffering from a diabetic coma.

You can say what you want about the music, but I think this show represents a critical juncture in the band's history and one where it finally began to shed its heritage of a house band that was about the music to a band that was careening toward a loss of control of its own destiny.

Reviewer: gdoub - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 17, 2009
Subject: First show for so many
My first show also! A great launch to a very long and often strange, but always rewarding trip. Nosebleed seats, but a buddy had great binoculars that he'd forgotten about until well into the trip. Made the zoom even better. Had to keep rotating seats with the 3 friends I was with because the unknown tripper next to us was so far out it was distracting and sometimes a little scary...
My 2 strongest feelings about this show overall:
1) The whole band was incredibly tight...to the point where Jerry, Donna and Bobby would move to the microphones in perfect synch. Some of the best vocals I ever heard live.
2) From our nosebleed seats, the intermission looked as if the entire stadium was tipped away from the stage, pouring the DeadHeads out the tunnel, then tipped the other way as the band began to play again, to the point of spilling over the wall into the field...what a trip!

There are so many shows and so much evolution that I cannot see how anyone can rate the absolute best ever, or even the best of a particular year, or the best year. There are some bad ones, but that is part of the point of the Grateful Dead experimentation...sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, and it's different for everyone.

A very fond and everlasting memory, the best because it was the first.

Reviewer: JurassicBlueberries.com - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 2, 2008
Subject: 30 years today!!!!
My first show/meltdown happy thirty years ago today !
ha ha,
JurassicBlueberries

Reviewer: komodoo - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 30, 2008
Subject: Great Show but missing second surprise encore... What a Shame!
It's a real shame that no one remembers the second encore where after continued yelling and when tapers started breaking down and packing gear the Dead burst out back onto the stage for a second encore. I understand that it was a long day and no tapers wanted to bother catching the surprise 2nd encore... but what a shame!

The song was "Shakedown Street" promoting their new album of the same name with an initial release on November 15, 1978. What really made it special was the fact that The New Riders of the Purple Sage - (the opening band) joined the Dead on stage in closing the show just before their trip to Egypt in a few days. Wow..., that a long strange trip it was.

I really wish someone can upload the missing second encore song and complete the show.

Reviewer: airgarcia416 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 25, 2008
Subject: Really nice second set
First set is mainly forgettable, nice but not otherworldly. Second set is very, very nice. Scarlet-Fire>Est>Eyes is really epic. Everyone is on for this quartet of songs and for the whole second set. Phil is real strong in the S-F transition.

Reviewer: bobby33914 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 25, 2008
Subject: hey teabag69
Are You kiddin me, you are gonna tell people how "We" talk here? You and your 118 shows, and you christened yourself one of the "hardcore heads"? Well, if "In the Dark" got you off tour, it is now DEFINITELY the best album of all time!! Did you have a lil nervous breakdown watching people do nitrous and ruin your lil personal party, boo hoo. Poor teabag, is the "best ever crap" bothering you? PEACE OUT YOU F'N DICK HEAD


How many Dead shpws did you catch? Ironically I grew up in Northern VA, that was home base for my 118 shows, 90% of which were between 1982 and 1987. Like may hardcore Heads, I simply could not deal with the tour scene once In the Dark was released and the Touch heads started showing uip and acting like idiots everywhere - trying to gate crash and thinking it was cool to sneak-in, getting all wasted oin nitrous and acting like a child, that sort of garbage. We also don't say things like "peace out" in here. Again - that is the hip hop crowd, not the intelligent and serious music freaks that make up the Dead crowd. Thanks!

This is a good show, not great, no way on the level of 1/22, 10/21 or 7/8 from '78. I had this board back in '83 and have always loved this show, a solid 3, maybe 3.5 star show. And please, enough of the gizzing at the mouth over Cornell '77 guys. A killer show absolutely but all this "best ever" crap is ridiculous. That Fire is not as good as a few from '78 in my book, including Cedar Falls 2/5 and Normal 4/24 - now THAT is a must-have '78 show!

Reviewer: Zaorish - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 26, 2008
Subject: Good God!
The eyes! THE EYES!!!!

Hey Teabag, we seem to have similar tastes--I too just love the 2-5-78 and 4-24-78 Fires. Have you heard the AUD of 12-16-78? It's a keeper.

Reviewer: TeaBag69 - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - June 1, 2008
Subject: Chill Tough Guy
hey RFKROX,

I like your being positive butyour tone is annoying. I have seen other reviews fo yours, always the same stuff. And please, we don't say "LOL' here, got it? That ior kids under 30 who listen to Eminem and Everclear, not a Grateful Dead forum.

How many Dead shpws did you catch? Ironically I grew up in Northern VA, that was home base for my 118 shows, 90% of which were between 1982 and 1987. Like may hardcore Heads, I simply could not deal with the tour scene once In the Dark was released and the Touch heads started showing uip and acting like idiots everywhere - trying to gate crash and thinking it was cool to sneak-in, getting all wasted oin nitrous and acting like a child, that sort of garbage. We also don't say things like "peace out" in here. Again - that is the hip hop crowd, not the intelligent and serious music freaks that make up the Dead crowd. Thanks!

This is a good show, not great, no way on the level of 1/22, 10/21 or 7/8 from '78. I had this board back in '83 and have always loved this show, a solid 3, maybe 3.5 star show. And please, enough of the gizzing at the mouth over Cornell '77 guys. A killer show absolutely but all this "best ever" crap is ridiculous. That Fire is not as good as a few from '78 in my book, including Cedar Falls 2/5 and Normal 4/24 - now THAT is a must-have '78 show!

Have a grateful day.

Reviewer: timmmyk - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 28, 2008
Subject: My First show
This was my very first show and I never looked back. This event completely changed my life and I am still overjoyed to just listen to the great experience it was. I got shivers and have sat here smiling lke a Cheshire cat at my desk. Sigh.

Reviewer: sfsueny - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 14, 2008
Subject: My First Show...thank you John S.
My first live show after returning from a year in Europe. This was a completely new experience for me & Giant Stadium is such a HUGE place. I bought my first Dead t-shirt (which I wore until there were more holes than shirt) - and I never looked back. 100 shows later...I still get blown away by this show & the memories of my virgin experience. My friend John and I scalped tickets for $18...doesn't that sound incredible now???

Reviewer: RFKROX - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 27, 2008
Subject: This Show Rocks!!
Cnick, 2 stars for this show? Dude, you must definitely be on drugs! And what board did you download? Obviously, not this one... Get a clue!! This show rocks!!

Okay, now that weve established that freaks were walking around in the parking lot searching for shoes, and lunatics were jumping off the top of Giants Stadium, has anyone actually taken the time to review this amazing show?? Believe methis one will take your breath away! Aside from DP #18 (which is really a combination of 2 shows from 2/3/78 and 2/5/78 in Wisconsin and Iowa), this is the best show Ive heard so far from 1978. One could make a case that this show is certainly as good as some of the Winterland shows in October. And yes, its even better than the Red Rocks shows in July and August of 78.

The vocals in this show are absolutely incredible, not to mention Jerrys mind-blowing guitar playing, which may be some of the best Ive ever heard. Even Keiths keyboards are totally in sync with Jerrys blazing guitar (just listen to Lazy Lightning > Supplication)! The Scarlet > Fire just may be as good as Barton Hall, 5-8-77, although Ive yet to hear a better ending to the Fire from 5-8-77 (nothing compares to Garcias out-worldly guitar in that one). And then going straight into Estimated Prophet > Eyes is ridiculous! Scarlet > Fire > Prophet > Eyes is what dreams are made of! Garcias guitar just doesnt let up, people!!

The 1st set is mind-blowing! Jack Straw, Friend of the Devil, New Minglewood Blues, Dire Wolf, and Looks Like Rain are nothing short of spectacular! And lets not forget about Peggy-O. Looks Like Rain is right up there with 2/3/78 (Madison, WI), which may be the best one of all time, IMHO! Good Lovin is unique because Bobby jams in the middle of that song like Ive never heard him jam before. Check out Good Lovin from 11/1/79, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (top 3 of all time)! 11/1/79 is definitely my overall favorite Good Lovin to date! Bobby and Brent are off-the-hook in that one, as is Jerry!

Anyway, I consider 9/2/78 a diamond in the rough (Night Full of Diamonds? -- LOL), because 78 is known for some awesome shows in the beginning of the year, and towards the latter part of the year. Download this show now! You wont regret it! Oh yeah, this may be the best Estimated Prophet > Eyes combo Ive heard to date! The Eyes is as good, if not better, than the one on Without A Net from 3-29-90 (Nassau Coliseum) just absolutely sic! Garcia and Weir were on another planet this night. And this isnt a short show. 1st set is almost 70 minutes, and the 2nd set is over 90 minutes.

Danny from Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.
East-Coast Deadhead
rfkrox44@hotmail.com

PEACE-OUT!

Reviewer: Cnick - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - January 26, 2008
Subject: Sbd yes ... great recording no
Good setlist, but a really poor recording. The sound is thin, a lot of hiss, and the vocals are scratchy. Look for a better one.

Reviewer: austin nyc - 1.00 out of 5 stars - December 12, 2007
Subject: This is a soundboard
I think not.

Reviewer: tomg1960 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - October 13, 2007
Subject: Got any shoes
This was my first show and therefore my first experience among the Deadheads. Tailgating before the show, a barefooted, long-haired hippie-type (no offense!) was wandering through the parking lot pleading aloud: "Does anyone have any shoes? Does anyone have any shoes?" And off he went among the crowded parking lot in search of footwear. Some time later he re-appeared, this time with a slight limp and with a slightly amended entreaty: "Does anyone have a shoe? Does anyone have a shoe?" Looking down at his feet, now only one foot was bare; on the other? An over-sized football cleat.

Reviewer: Show Companion - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 3, 2007
Subject: Energy vs. Magic
This 9-2-78 Scar.>Fire has energy/noise, 5-8-77

has magic/perfection. So don't forget that in

your search for the elusive better/same high,

you already had your highest high. You can't

get it back. It's the same situation with you

people endlessly searching for something better

than the music on LiveDead. It's just not

there. You've got it already, stop searching

for more.

Although, I've got to say, while I was typing

this stupid message the last solo in Fire got me

really high. Now the Estimated solo is making

it hard for me to concentrate. Later.

Reviewer: ronzoid - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 11, 2007
Subject: 15 dollar
a very hot and sweltering day indeed....jer.. 'took my fifteen dollar bill and vanished in the air' a very stella show. thanks for the dozes...whomever you are

Reviewer: neilg - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 5, 2007
Subject: first show
This was my first show.I was hooked after this show.

Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 4, 2007
Subject: VERY underrated show- Brilliant Scarlet-Fire
Please listen to this show- I have found a new top 3 Scarlet-Fire! It is awesome- Jerry just flies into the outer cosmosphere- than settles back with some runs calmly into Fire- I do not hear this one mentioned with the greats- it should be. Sound quality of this board is pretty darn good too.


Edit: Upon 2nd listen, I declare the first solo in scarlet to be the best first scarlet solo ever. I think it is that good.

Reviewer: StaggerRaggin11 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 29, 2006
Subject: wooo
Excellent show! thanks a lot !

Reviewer: mrhellatubbydelux - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 24, 2006
Subject: best show ever
good quality lots of fun smoke a joint and let it run

Reviewer: astoriadead - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - September 7, 2006
Subject: man killed at this show!!
i was 18 and this was
my 2nd show. sometime during the
show a guy was dancing on the upper deck
of Giants Stadium, and he fell to his death!!
does amybody remember this??!!

Reviewer: airag - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 6, 2006
Subject: Yes, this is awesome.
I'm not sure why no one has mentioned this yet, but this was Dick's favorite Scarlet-Fire--ever. After giving it a listen, Dick was certainly right. The rest of the show is great too.

Reviewer: chirodead - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 5, 2006
Subject: Nothin' left to do but smile smile smile...
NRPS for breakfast, Willie Nelson minus Waylon Jennings for lunch, and a good ole Grateful Dead early bird dinner, what more can I say? Oh yeah...$10 bought me my ticket, but the first show is priceless...jumped the wall and had a classic estimated into eyes OOB experience, didn't come down for days, didn't want to, 7/10/89 with the weir-d lightning during Music Never Stopped runs a distant second for magic, but the magic of my first show 9/2/78 will always light my way...thank you for the intrepid trips!

Reviewer: mardon - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 17, 2006
Subject: Footnote
As far as I can tell, this is the first Fire on the Mountain that has 3 verses, not 2 (the verse beginning "almost ablaze...").

Reviewer: L. Rosley - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 23, 2006
Subject: My first show, too
I think one of the reasons so many Archivers were at this show is because there were so many people there. A huge stadium, and our seats were awful, at the oposite end of the football stadium from the stage. "To hell with this," we said. It proved impossible to get onto the field, so we found ourselves in the deck right behind the stage, looking down at the back of Donna's 4-foot-long train of hair. We had a much better time here than our original seats.

Most people here give their first shows a 5-star rating, but having listened to over a hundred shows here at Archive.org, this rates a 4, regardless of my fond memories. Though enjoyable, it's not a remarkable show in any way.

Highlights include the jam in the middle of Lazy Lightning/Suplication and the jam between Scarlet and Fire. These are ensemble efforts.

Reviewer: robpongi - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 8, 2005
Subject: THIS WAS MY FIRST SHOW!!!
This was my first Grateful Dead show when I "thought" I knew their music and "who" the THE GRATEFUL DEAD really were! (I must have been joking myself!) Oh My Buddha! I was so young and dumb as I clearly remember getting my head ripped off by Mr. Jerry Garcia's absolutely supernatural guitar and the entire band's overwhelming (and I mean ABSOLUTELY OVERWHELMING!!!!!) performance all the way throughout the concert!!!! I was still only a teenager in high school and I had listened to many GD albums and live tapes faithfully and knew all the songs, but what I didn't know is what they would do to me when they were first "brought to life" in front of my eyes and ears! Indeed, my life was changed forever and I'll never forget this day. Never.

And yes, I too remember when the guy jumped to his death from the top of the stadium inside one of the gigantic cement circular stairways. And, yes, indeed, that was a very big bummer when I found out about it the next day in the newspaper. And I remember when it happened during the second set as many security guys in yellow shirts and windbreakers started running up TOWARDS OUR SECTION!!! And I was really scared as I thought WE were going to get massively busted for smoking or something, but they kept running past and I found out the tragic news in the paper the next day.

But that did not diminish the absolutely amazing experience and life transformation that I went through upon seeing THE GRATEFUL DEAD for the very first time in my life. And I went on to see many truly amazing and landmark Grateful Dead shows after this for years, but of all the Grateful Dead shows that I saw, this one short show, by far, had the biggest impact on me.

And, IMHO, highlights include a very cool and very slow "Friend of The Devil" and an AWESOME "Peggy-O" in the first set. Later on the Good Lovin'-Scarlet-Fire and The Prophet-Eyes were totally magnificent performances that just burned down the stadium. And, despite all that happened and all that we went through to get there and back: FIVE STARS!!! It was really a very special experience for me - it was a clear turning point in my life in so many ways. And I thank the Internet Archive very much that I could finally find this show.

Reviewer: gddave - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 8, 2005
Subject: bad 1st set sound
unlistenable (headphones) 1st set sound quality, but I gave it 5 stars anyway for the Good Lovin->Eyes. I think this scarlet->fire smokes 5-8-77's. Jerry goes off again and again, the segue climax is mindblowing, the instensity is scary.

Reviewer: gddave - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 8, 2005
Subject: bad 1st set sound
unlistenable (headphones) 1st set sound quality, but I gave it 5 stars anyway for the Good Lovin->Eyes. I think this scarlet->fire smokes 5-8-77's. Jerry goes off again and again, the segue climax is mindblowing, the instensity is scary.

Reviewer: Street Pig - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 29, 2005
Subject: Jersey Dead
It had been a year since the gathering at Englishtown,78 was a heavy tour year for us, this was the east coast gathering prior to the Egypt trip. We were allowed to enter the lot very early. We had a keg, couches and an abundance of Mr Natural. This was a great lot scene, we missed Willie and my Brother had his first dose/show. The only true bummer was the one who jumped to their death from the top of the stadium, my Brother never discussed this show since. I had a blast dancin round and round the inside of the stadium. Solid performances in the first set, althought the list seems like a carbon copy for 78', they delivered with conviction. FOTD, Jack Straw were on time. Yes the Scarlet>Fire still brings back the festive feel of this day.Estimated>Eyes was the Summer theme ever since Englishtown. Once again we were not disappointed.This recording is once again an upgrade of previous cassettes, I do like how there is no interruptions, taper dude just let it roll. The Band was set up on the field and you felt closer than usual to them.Someone mentioned how Jerry appeared to be not into it, I never judged a book by it's cover, the Dead were famous for looking one way yet blowing your doors off (10-12-84), I came for the soundz and vibes, that is what the Dead were about. No costumes or gimmicks, just gettin' the music to the massess. We all came down in a Friendly Ice Cream Palor which was a trip for locals to watch a bunch of grinning hippies devouring Ice Cream!

Reviewer: Geoffsky - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 17, 2005
Subject: Hey Now I remember !
I was at this one. I never really remembered this one for the music but this recording sounds really good. Must've been part of the reason I had such a good time. Must be part of the reason I love listening to these recordings. We were kind of disappointed that after the drums was so short but I guess they had a camel to catch. We all decidsed it must've been the band's idea of a joke to set us loose on the Turnpike while it was still light out. Now I remember selling Dead Roses for $1.00, locking the keys in the trunk, and bringing about 5 gallons of Mongo juice into the stadium. People around us took one look and said noooo thanks. As the afternoon wore on and it got hot they ate a little booze fruit, then it got really hot and they drank the juice. Gotcha ! Great party. One year after Englishtown.

Reviewer: sperry - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 2, 2005
Subject: this is a doozie
Hang on to your hat listening to this one. I didn't even know this show existed. This is one hot performance.
The second set just blazes with energy!The Scarlet>fire is hotter than hell as is the good lovin and estimated>eyes.It also has good sound.
This is a fine download and undoubtedly a show worth listening too at high volumes in altered states.
Special Thanks goes to those on the archive forum who referred this to me.


sperry

Reviewer: sperry - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 2, 2005
Subject: this is a doozie
Hang on to your hat listening to this one. I didn't even know this show existed. This is one hot performance.
The second set just blazes with energy!The Scarlet>fire is hotter than hell as is the good lovin and estimated>eyes.It also has good sound.
This is a fine download and undoubtedly a show worth listening too at high volumes in altered states.
Special Thanks goes to those on the archive forum who referred this to me.


sperry

Reviewer: Sachin78 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 25, 2005
Subject: Scar > Fire
Listening to this ScarletFire you'd think Jerr and Phil shared the same brain. We're all well aware of the great S>F's out there - 5/8, 11/1, etc. But this one, while not necessarily BETTER, is perfect in its own right, and definitely no worse. I got Good Lovin>Eyes on one disc and discarded the rest of the show. This is all you need. Furthermore, this is what Jerry meant when he said "Magic is what we do. Music is how we do it."

Get it.

Reviewer: adamamps - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 13, 2004
Subject: 2nd set wonders
I was at this show my buddies older brother took us and we did to much in the parking lot for me to remember much but... the tape I had stood the test until I down loaded the SHN's. Scarlet fire is it. THis is the finest example i've ever heard being there or on tape end of discusion. You will be taken up the ladder 3 times and bigger sets of chills each time Jerry is on another planet. Put down the mouse and down load do not pass go. THe rest of the show really shines as well but... Did I say scarlet fire.

If you don't have it get it. THe quality is great by '78 standard. This second set compares with anything in '77 in my opinion. First set is great as well but I find my self putting on Good Livin' and going for the ride again.

Reviewer: fireonshakedownstreet - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 6, 2004
Subject: Simply Put: Good Lovin'>Scarlet>Fire
I couldnt believe this when I first heard this. The Second Set pre-drums is out of this world: Good Lovin'>Scarlet>Fire>Estimated>Eyes!?!?! UNREAL. The Good Lovin' is my favorite of all time along with 4-13-83. Bobby's raps are so beautiful and brings my immense joy. Then we have the Rhythm Devils. Their drum rolls during Good Lovin' are unreal; Mickey and Billy are unconscious. Scarlet Begonias is Jerry at his finest. He takes 4 HUGE turns on Scarlet getting higher and higher each time. The Scarlet>Fire transition is probably the best and most inventive ever; Jerry is blistering. Fire is ridiculous. Estimated and Eyes is nuts.
Mandatory Download.
Last show before Egypt.

Reviewer: TERRAPINCANE - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 21, 2004
Subject: incredible Fire
unreal transition into an amazing version of Fire....notes are melting out of Jerry's gutiar throughout
this version of Eyes is a favorite of mine as well...

Reviewer: Peacefuljon - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 29, 2004
Subject: Scarlet Fire
One of the more famous Scarlet Fire's around these parts.....New York-New Jersey

Good sound Fun show